Managing your prehypertension condition
The incidence of chronic medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes is increasing in the U.S. population as a whole. As of 2013, the CDC estimated that 29% of adults over the age of 20 have hypertension or high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke. In addition, one in three adults has prehypertension which is defined as being in the medium-high blood pressure range. So what do you do if your doctor has informed you that your blood pressure is creeping up?
The best way to treat disease is to prevent it from occurring. By taking steps toward managing prehypertension, you can decrease your chances of developing high blood pressure and improve your overall health. Dietary and lifestyle changes along with proper medical care and monitoring can help you achieve this goal.
You aren’t alone
When we’re young, we tend not to worry about our health unless something obvious goes wrong. As we age, though, the risk of developing high blood pressure increases dramatically, but generally has no warning signs. For example, only 7% of women in their 20’s and early 30’s suffer from this condition. However, by the time this same group reaches 75, a whopping 79% will have hypertension.
Once you’ve discovered that your blood pressure is rising, there are many ways to reverse prehypertension. If you’re overweight, losing even a modest number of pounds can relieve pressure on your heart. Experts recommend the following dietary changes: limit the amount of salt and fat and increase daily servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and low-fat dairy. An increase in exercise also helps to lower blood pressure.
Finally, while it’s important to have the support of a physician, taking your own vital statistics is an excellent way to take charge of your health. The smart health devices, including both a wireless wrist blood pressure monitor, offered by Ivy Health Labs allow you to easily track and record daily blood pressure readings in the privacy of your own home. Using the free app, this data is automatically sent to your smartphone and arranged into a clear, easy-to-understand picture of your blood pressure history.
Your helpful friend
Imagine the ability to monitor blood pressure changes and share this information electronically with your doctor. It allows your physician to easily spot long-term trends. He or she can make changes to medications or other recommendations that would reverse these trends before they turn into something more serious.
Finding out that you have prehypertension gives you the opportunity to prevent a health condition that affects an enormous number of people in this country today. Addressing this issue in its early stages lowers your risk of developing a more serious condition down the road.
Read more about the advantages of using the smart blood pressure monitor on the Ivy Health Labs website.